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13 March 2010 @ 02:38 pm
I hab a code  
Skip this if you're not interested in geekery over cold remedies.

Generally, I'm a very poor patient. I'm not sick very often, and prefer to keep doing many of the gazillion tasks I've overloaded my plate with. But this time I've decided to completely take the day off (don't faint, anyone). And spend it either napping, reading lj/dw/usenet/fb, or coming up with new remedies.

If I didn't know better, I'd think I got this cold from a character in a Heyer novel I'm reading. Symptoms similar. I'm thinking of trying his remedy, a "hot flannel" - need to find the page again, though. The beer in it gives me pause, but I think I'll substitute hard cider.

Anyway, I started out yesterday evening with a sore throat. At first I thought it was just the result of too much coughing from allergies (inflamed lungs faking the 'there must be phlegm in here, please cough' impulse). But it got worse and worse, to the outright painful I-dislike-everything level. So I made up a very large batch (8 ounces) of my cough syrup:

Cough Syrup:
Wild Cherry Bark extract (cough suppressant),
Marshmallow Root extract (soothing),
Honey (soothing, tasty and marginally antibiotic),
Osha (erm - blech, but very good for the throat),
fresh ginger juice (keep ginger root in the freezer; use one of those new rasp-like graters; squeeze out the juice from the resulting pulp; antibiotic, soothing, etc), and
many drops of Clove Essential Oil (tasty, antimicrobial, and importantly, numbing).
There were also traces of other things in it, from the bottle in which I had the previous batch. Echinacea at least.
I went through a lot of this. 1/8 tsp at a time (appx) all evening and whenever I woke up at night: drank 2 or 3 ounces total.

The throat is ok today, but I've moved on to the aching-all-over stage, as well as the use of a fairly liberal number of tissues. I had about 9 large cups of my favorite tea (red tea with hemp milk and generous amounts of stevia) but finally decided to move on to something more specific:

Hot Lemonade:
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 TBS honey
1 TBS grated ginger
1 large cup boiling water
(Should have a sprinkle of cayenne, but I wasn't feeling up to that)
(Pretty tasty - I had a bit of it that way but decided it needed more punch):
3 TBS Grand Marnier. MMMmmmmmm.

That's where I am, so far. Moving on to the hot flannel next - when I get the energy to go upstairs and get my copy of "Sylvester." Or perhaps it's time for a nap.
Janet: Great blue heronjanetmk on March 13th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better soon. That hot lemonade sounds yummy--especially with the addition of the last item.
betonicabetonica on March 14th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
re: I hab a code
Thanks! Today is better, but I went out on a 1/2 hour errand and have decided another day doing very little is in order. Tea is next on the list, and then maybe more hot lemonade.
Charcharlottezweb on March 13th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
And how do I get you down here, next time we're all sick? Those remedies sound awesome! Any clear contraindications against giving them to kids?
betonicabetonica on March 14th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well - I probably wouldn't feed Grand Marnier (or other alcohol) to kids in any volume. The extracts in the cough syrup are alcohol-based, too, so I'd either get glycerites instead or go light on them. And I might back off on the clove essential oil a little bit - it's very strong, and probably a bit much for a little one's mouth: maybe two or three drops per ounce, instead of 8 or more.

And I forgot to include my cold care in the list. Really, really vile tasting, but very effective. Goldenseal, echinacea, osha, usnea, grindelia, yerba santa, andrographis and some other herbs depending on my whim. It's just an extract, not a yummy syrup or tea, so I don't imagine it would be very easy to get into a kid.
a wind-carried wingaenohe on March 14th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Allison, your remedies have always worked for me. :) I definitely had a small lineup of those little brown glass bottles with eyedroppers, filled with your cough syrup, cold care, and some eleuthero stuff, and wood betony <-- that batch is crazy strong!
Thankyou in advance for what I'm sure is a lovely card. &hearts
betonicabetonica on March 14th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
re: I hab a code
Was the wood betony strong? That's excellent. It has no side effects (except reducing dreaming, which considering what it's for isn't really a 'side effect'). I discovered another bottle of it, which is good because my first one is just about empty. J & I will have to plant a lot more, this year.